Shortly before Hurricane Irma hit, jet card members were able to exit impacted areas at the same time charter brokers were having problems finding aircraft and charging prices sometimes triple or more the typical rate. A comparison of jet card providers against on-demand brokers before the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight further showcased that if you want guaranteed availability and don’t like surge pricing, jet cards are a great private aviation solution. What’s more, unlike jet-sharing private shuttles and empty legs, jet card members don’t have to share the airplane with strangers and are able to set their own schedule.
“Private jet cards were created by taking excess inventory that was fragmented across a long tail of operators that didn’t want to get into retail sales. We figured out a way to partner with those operators, take the excess capacity and productize it, put a framework of rules to it, and we launched an industry that brought a whole new set of clients to private jets. That’s exactly what Uber or Airbnb has done, except even during peak periods, we guarantee availability at a fixed price,” said Andrew Collins, CEO of Sentient Jet tells Private Jet Card Comparisons.
In the case of Sentient, which is part of the Directional Aviation family (Flexjet, Nextant, Skyjet), the company offers two options for each of four jet categories ranging from Light to Heavy Jets. It is also planning to roll out cards with guaranteed WiFi.